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Generous Sponsors Offer Exciting Opportunities at 2008 Kentucky Summer Horse Shows

Lexington, KY - June 24, 2008 - This summer the picturesque Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington will be hosting the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows. Top hunter/jumper professionals, amateurs, juniors and pony riders from across the country will gather to participate in this exciting event. Fantastic prize money and top-notch facilities are just a few examples of what makes this show one of the best in the nation. The Kentucky Summer Horse Show will be held the week of July 30 - August 3, and the Kentucky Summer Classic is scheduled for the following week, August 6 -10, 2008.

The Kentucky Summer Horse Show offers three highly anticipated classes. The first is the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic, which will be held on Thursday, July 31. The show will then feature the $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix on Saturday, August 2, and the $20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby on Sunday, August 3.

The following week, the Kentucky Summer Classic will showcase the $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Thursday, August 7, and the $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix on Saturday, August 9. The Hagyard Lexington Classics are part of the Hagyard Challenge Series, which features seven show jumping events and $215,000 in prize money. The rider that accumulates the most money throughout the Hagyard Challenge Series will receive a $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus.

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, the largest and oldest equine private practice in the world, is thrilled to be the sponsor of this incredible series. "We wanted to showcase Hagyard Equine Medical Institute's commitment to the sport horse community," said Dr. Andy Clark, the CEO of the Hagyard Equine Medial Institute. "This event provides the opportunity for grand prix horses to compete for more prize money."

Clark also feels that the bonus is an exciting addition for riders. "The bonus provides the opportunity and the incentive for riders to enter the Hagyard Challenge Series. This event is an opportunity for the riders to win a significant award," he continued. "The owners and trainers earn awards as well, but this one is for the riders." The prize money has increased this year from $30,000 to $50,000 and will be presented after the $50,000 World Cup qualifying grand prix at the Kentucky National Horse Show on Friday, September 26.

RV Sales of Broward has signed on as the sponsor of this year's $40,000 Kentucky Classic Grand Prix during the Kentucky Summer Classic. RV Sales of Broward CEO and Founder Gigi Stetler is an avid horsewoman herself, and she understands the importance of sponsorship. "'Help Us Help Others' is our motto," explained Stetler. "Sponsoring this event will help others so they can continue to compete. This is an extremely expensive sport and, without sponsorship, the sport will diminish." The $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix, a member event of the AGA Grand Prix Series, will be held on Saturday, August 9.

The $50,000 Leading Rider Bonus is made possible through the gracious efforts of Griffin Gate Marriot Resort & Spa; Turf Town Properties, Inc.; Hagyard Pharmacy; Kathleen Sullivan, CIMA(R); Fifth Third Bank; Dean, Dorton & Ford; Butler Animal Health Supply - Equine Division; Fort Dodge Animal Health; and Porsche of Lexington.

Butler Animal Health Supply is the nation's largest distributor of companion animal health supplies to veterinarians. The company, headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, operates across the US with 15 distribution centers and 8 telecenters. Butler Animal Health Supply serves over 29,000 veterinary clinics in all 50 states and distributes over 15,000 products for more than 400 vendors.

Dean, Dorton, & Ford is a full-service accounting and business advisory firm that provides professional services to clients of all sizes in a variety of industries. The company also provides extensive accounting, tax and business consulting services to the equine industry and is known for its world-class horse businesses, events and culture. Founded in 1979, the firm has grown to be one of the largest Certified Public Accounting firms based in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Fifth Third Bank of Central Kentucky serves eight counties and has nearly 300 employees. With over 20 banking center locations in Central Kentucky, Fifth Third Bank operates five main businesses: Commercial Banking, Branch Banking, Consumer Lending, Investment Advisors and Fifth Third Processing Solutions.

Fort Dodge is an animal health center that has been dedicated to the growth and leadership of animal health since its beginning in 1912. Today Fort Dodge is a leading international animal health company that has developed into one of the world's leading manufacturers of veterinary pharmaceuticals and biologicals for the equine, companion animal, livestock, swine and poultry industries in North America and international markets.

Hagyard Pharmacy dispenses prescription pharmaceuticals and offers a prescription compounding service that is unmatched in the industry. The pharmacy operates in strict compliance with the rules and regulations set forth by the governing state and federal agencies and by the guidelines provided by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa is located in Lexington, KY, and celebrated its 25th anniversary last year by adding a luxurious, $1.5 million, full-service resort spa. Current resort amenities include an 18-hole golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, massage therapy, fitness facility, high-speed Internet access and wireless capabilities, as well as The Mansion, a Lexington landmark and travel destination unto itself. Outdoor activities include basketball, tennis, and sand volleyball.

Kathleen Sullivan, CIMA(R) is associated with Citi Smith Barney, one of the world's leading financial institutions. She specializes in wealth management and financial advisory, focusing on client objectives and investment strategies.

Porsche of Lexington features a top vehicle, culminating over 60 years of research and development. Porsche's prowess in engineering, heritage on the track and quality in its products make it the pinnacle of the sports car segment. Porsche of Lexington strives to build on Porsche's excellence with a commitment to the customer that is the best in the region. Porsche vehicles are the finest in workmanship, technology and exclusivity.

Turf Town Properties is proud to be a sponsor of the Hagyard Challenge Series Leading Rider Award as well. Turf Town Properties has consistently sold fine properties in a broad price range with an emphasis on quality service. They offer their expertise and excellent customer service to farm and land buyers in the area.

For more information on the Kentucky Summer Horse Shows, please go to http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com.

To learn more about the sponsors of the Kentucky Horse Shows, please visit their official web sites:

Butler Animal Health Supply: http://www.butlerahs.com.

Dean, Dorton & Ford: http://www.ddfky.com.

Fifth Third Bank: http://www.53.com.

Fort Dodge: http://www.wyeth.com/divisions/fort_dodge.asp.

Hagyard Pharmacy: http://www.hagyardpharmacy.com.

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa: http://www.griffingatemarriott.com.

Turf Town Properties: http://www.lexhorsefarms.com.

Porsche of Lexington: http://www.lexington.porschedealer.com

RV Sales of Broward: http://www.rvsalesofbroward.com

2008 KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOWS FAST FACTS

Events:

Kentucky Summer Horse Show - July 30 - August 3, 2008

Kentucky Summer Classic - August 6 -10, 2008

What:

Two of the nation's premier equestrian competitions, featuring two grand prix competitions, one of which is AGA sanctioned. A World Championship Hunter Rider recognized hunter competition. The Kentucky Summer Horse Shows offer two Hagyard Lexington Classics, which are part of the summer-long $215,000 Hagyard Challenge Series. The competitions are also qualifying events for the Washington International Horse Show Championships and the North American League finals.

Where:

Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY, site of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games(TM). Home to the United States Equestrian Federation.

When:

KENTUCKY SUMMER HORSE SHOW - JULY 30 - AUGUST 3, 2008

A World Championship Hunter Rider Event

$20,000 USHJA International Hunter Derby

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 Kentucky Summer Grand Prix

KENTUCKY SUMMER CLASSIC - AUGUST 6 - 10, 2008

The $25,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic

The $40,000 RV Sales of Broward Kentucky Classic Grand Prix

A Member Event of the AGA Grand Prix Series

Hours:

8am - 5pm daily

Admission:

Admission is free to the public. The Kentucky Horse Park charges a $3.00 daily fee for parking.

VIP Seating:

Tables of six are available each week in the ringside spectator pavilion for both shows at a price of $1,000 per week. This will entitle table holders and their guests to exclusive seating in the pavilion, which provides daily continental breakfasts and complimentary lunches. Additionally, table holders receive a VIP parking pass and access to wireless internet service. Tables may be reserved by contacting Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com.

Parking:

Horse Show Exhibitors may purchase a weekly parking pass at the main Horse Park entrance for $5.00.

Directions:

The Kentucky Horse Park is located 8 miles northeast of Lexington, Kentucky at Exit 120 on Interstate 75.

Information:

Before Show - Telephone: (859) 233-0492, Email: hakshows@earthlink.net

During Show - Telephone: (859) 254-3343, Fax: (859) 231-6097

Stabling - Email Tom Blankenship at Tomb@kentuckyhorseshows.com

Prize List Advertising - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com

Vendors - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com

VIP Tables - Email Cindy Bozan at cindy@kentuckyhorseshows.com

Website: http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com

Ring Dimensions/Specs:

All outdoor competition arenas and schooling areas consist of a limesand base and mortar sand cushion. The Indoor Arena consists of sand and loam. The dimensions of the competition areas are as follows

Stonelea: 135' x 285', Claiborne: 140' x 270'

Murphy: 140' x 290', Indoor: 145' x 285'

Walnut: 300' x 370'

Shopping:

Vendors offering equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry and home furnishings are located adjacent to the Stonelea Ring.

Hotels:

HOLIDAY INN NORTH-859 - 233-0512 - Approximately 4 miles

FOUR POINTS SHERATON - 859-259-1311 - Approximately 4 miles

LA QUINTA - 859-231-7551 - Approximately 4 miles

KNIGHTS INN - 859-231-0255 - Approximately 4 miles

EMBASSY SUITES - 859-455-5000 - Approximately 4 miles

MARRIOT GRIFFIN GATE - 859-231-5100 - Approximately 4 miles

RESIDENCE INN - 859-231-6191 - Approximately 5 miles

COURTYARD BY MARRIOT - 859-253-4646 - Approximately 5 miles

RAMADA INN - 859-299-1261 - Approximately 6 miles

RED ROOF INN - 859-293-2626 - Approximately 6 miles

HAMPTON INN - 502-867-4888 - Approximately 6 miles

SUPER EIGHT - 502-863-4888 - Approximately 6 miles

MICROTEL INN & SUITES - 502-868-8000 - Approximately 6 miles

Management:

Kentucky Horse Shows, LLC

P. O. Box 11428

Lexington, KY 40575-1428

859-233-0492 (phone)

859-233-0495 (fax)

email: hakshows@earthlink.net

website: http://www.kentuckyhorseshows.com



Photo: Margie Engle and Hidden Creek's Pamina L, winners of the $30,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic at the Kentucky Spring Classic. Photo (C) 2008 Jenny Ross. Photograph may be used only in relation to this PMG press release.

 

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